Mulroney at the premiere of August: Osage County, Toronto Film Festival, September 9, 2013
October 31, 1963 |
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Dermot Mulroney (born October 31, 1963) is an American actor and director. Acting since the 1980s, he is known for his roles in the films Young Guns, Where the Day Takes You, My Best Friend's Wedding, and About Schmidt.
Mulroney was born in Alexandria, Virginia. His mother, Ellen, was a housewife and amateur actress originally from Manchester, Iowa, and his father, Michael Mulroney, was a law professor (and amateur racecar driver) at Villanova University School of Law, originally from Elkader, Iowa. He has a sister, Moira, and three brothers, Conor, Kieran (who is also an actor), and Sean. Moira formerly worked in the Philadelphia DA's office as an assistant district attorney, and later at WXPN, an FM radio station in Philadelphia, but now works elsewhere in the non-profit industry. Some of Mulroney's ancestors immigrated from County Donegal and County Mayo in Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine; he is of seven eighths Irish, and one eighth German, ancestry. Mulroney attended Maury Elementary School and played cello in school and city youth orchestras, as well as acted in children's community theater. Mulroney attended the Interlochen Arts Camp as a cellist. He later attended T. C. Williams High School (grad. 1981) as well as Northwestern University (grad. 1985) in Evanston, Illinois, where he was a member of the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.
Most of his lead performances have been in romantic comedy films. Mulroney has appeared in many movies, including as the male lead in My Best Friend's Wedding alongside Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. He is probably best known for his western roles as either an outlaw or gunman. Mulroney co-starred in the 1988 western Young Guns, for which he is possibly best known, in which he played "Dirty Steve" alongside Emilio Estevez. In 1993, Mulroney played "J.P", the boyfriend of star "Maggie" (played by Bridget Fonda)  in 1994 he starred with Mickey Rourke in The Last Outlaw, which has since become a cult classic among western genre fans. Mulroney also played the love interest of Madeleine Stowe in the western Bad Girls. He first gained critical acclaim in the film Longtime Companion, portraying a young man with HIV during the early days of the outbreak of the virus, who becomes the first of his group of friends to succumb to the disease. He was also in the ensemble film The Family Stone starring Sarah Jessica Parker. In 2005, he played a "date-for-hire" character alongside Debra Messing in The Wedding Date. He was also in the movie Abduction as Martin Price.
Mulroney played Gavin Mitchell on the TV series, Friends. His character dated Rachel for one episode but they broke up when it became too complicated between them because of Ross. In 1993, he wrote the song "Someone Else's Used Guitar" for Peter Bogdanovich's The Thing Called Love. Mulroney also had a cameo in the Joaquin Phoenix directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside. Mulroney also is credited as a song performer on the movie and for four other tunes, as well as acting in the movie. In 2007, Mulroney voiced Green Lantern Hal Jordan in the animated series The Batman in the season 5 episode "Ring Toss". He occasionally reads stories on the WBEZ Chicago Public Radio radio. In 2012, Mulroney played the love interest of Zooey Deschanel, Russell, in the Fox series New Girl. In 2013, he portrayed the title starring role in the psychotronic horror film The Rambler, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2011, Mulroney directed the film Love, Wedding, Marriage.
Mulroney married actress Catherine Keener in 1990 after they met in 1987 when filming Survival Quest. The couple separated in May 2005 and filed for divorce June 11, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was final on December 19, 2007. They have a son named Clyde Keener Mulroney (born June 21, 1999).
Mulroney is an accomplished cellist, and in 2005 appeared alongside Boyd Tinsley for Alanis Morissette's show at the House of Blues in Hollywood. He played cello in the song "Place Your Hand" from Melissa Etheridge's 1992 album Never Enough, on the EP for Rain Phoenix's band Papercranes, and on the score to Mission: Impossible III (2006), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Mulroney (cello and mandolin) and his brother Kieran (violin and accordion) were both members of the punk-folk band Low and Sweet Orchestra which included members of The Pogues and The Circle Jerks. He is now a member of Cranky George, together with his brother and James Fearnley of the Pogues.
|1986||The Drug Knot||TV movie|
|1986||Sin of Innocence||Tim McGary||TV movie|
|1987||Long Gone||Jamie Weeks||TV movie|
|1988||Young Guns||Dirty Steve Stephens|
|1989||Staying Together||Kit McDermott|
|1989||Unconquered||Richmond Flowers Jr.||TV movie|
|1991||Career Opportunities||Nestor Pyle|
|1992||Where the Day Takes You||King|
|1992||The Heart of Justice||Elliot Burgess||TV movie|
|1993||Point of No Return||J. P.|
|1993||Thing Called Love, TheThe Thing Called Love||Kyle Davidson|
|1994||Silent Tongue||Reeves McCree|
|1994||Bad Girls||Josh McCoy|
|1994||There Goes My Baby||Pirate|
|1994||Angels in the Outfield||Mr. Bomman (Roger's Dad)|
|1994||Last Outlaw, TheThe Last Outlaw||Eustis|
|1995||How to Make an American Quilt||Sam|
|1995||Living in Oblivion||Wolf||Also associate producer|
|1996||Trigger Effect, TheThe Trigger Effect||Joe|
|1996||Kansas City||Johnny O'Hara|
|1996||Box of Moon Light||Wik|
|1996||Bastard Out of Carolina||Lyle Parsons|
|1997||My Best Friend's Wedding||Michael O'Neal|
|1999||Goodbye Lover||Jake Dunmore|
|2000||Where the Money Is||Wayne|
|2001||Safety of Objects, TheThe Safety of Objects||Jim Train|
|2001||Lovely & Amazing||Kevin McCabe|
|2002||About Schmidt||Randall Hertzel|
|2004||Hair High||Rod||Voice only|
|2005||Wedding Date, TheThe Wedding Date||Nick Mercer|
|2005||Must Love Dogs||Bob Connor|
|2005||Family Stone, TheThe Family Stone||Everett Stone|
|2006||Griffin & Phoenix||Henry Griffin|
|2007||Dante's Inferno||Dante||Voice only|
|2007||Zodiac||Captain Marty Lee|
|2007||Georgia Rule||Dr. Simon Ward|
|2008||Burn After Reading||Star of "Coming Up Daisy"|
|2008||Memory Keeper's Daughter, TheThe Memory Keeper's Daughter||Dr. David Henry||TV movie|
|2008||Flash of Genius||Gil Previck|
|2010||Inhale||Paul Stanton||Also known as Run for Her Life|
|2011||J. Edgar||Colonel Schwarzkopf|
|2011||Silent Witness||Tony Lord||TV movie|
|2012||Struck by Lightning||Neal Phillips|
|2012||Big Miracle||Colonel Scott Boyer|
|2012||Trade of Innocents||Alex Becker|
|2013||Space Warriors||Andy Hawkins|
|2013||The Rambler||The Rambler|
|2013||August: Osage County||Steve Heidebrecht|
|1986||Fame||Max||Episode: "Losin' It"|
|1986||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Doug Dawson||Episode: " The Drug Knot"|
|1993||Family Pictures||Mack Eberlin||Television movie|
|2003||Friends||Gavin Mitchell||3 episodes|
|2007–2008||The Batman||Green Lantern / Hal Jordan||Voices; 3 episodes|
|2012–2013||New Girl||Russell||5 episodes|
|2012||Saturday Night Live||Himself||Episode: "Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo"|
|2013||Enlightened||Jeff Flender||6 episodes|
|2014||Crisis||Bill Gibson||Main Role|
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- Dermot Mulroney at the Internet Off-Broadway Database